Show Me Chicago's top 6 things to do this weekend

It's December in Chicago. The city is aglow in holiday lights. Shopping is on the minds of many with this weekend offering two unique events for shoppers and even those who don't normally like to shop,

Plus there's lots to do for those who just want to have fun. Here is a line-up of six of SMC's favorites for this weekend and beyond.

1. An indoor winter wonderland

Photo Greg Keith Porter/Navy Pier

Photo Greg Keith Porter/Navy Pier

The 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens on Friday, December 2 at Navy Pier. This indoor playground offers 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice skating rink and so much more. Friday, December 2 through January 2, 2017. Click here for more ongoing holiday events.

2. A close shave and whiskey...for a good cause

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel “Beard of Directors” in the hotel’s first floor lobby.

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel “Beard of Directors” in the hotel’s first floor lobby.

In celebration of the end of "Movember" and a month of beard-growing--to help raise funds for a cure of prostate cancer--the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is hosting a Whiskey & A Shave Happy Hour at the hotel's in-house boutique, Madison Hall (71 E. Madison St.) from 5 to 7 pm., today Thursday, December 1 in the hotel’s first floor lobby.

The Happy Hour event will offer complimentary barbershop shaves and cocktails to those in attendance.

The free event is open to the public and all CAA Beard-Off participants, supporters, and voters.

3. The perfect gift at a Guaranteed Rate

Family Field Day

The Chicago White Sox are hosting their annual Holiday Garage Sale where you may just be able to find that perfect gift for your sports fan from team apparel, autographed memorabilia, game-used items and more. Here's what you need to know to go:

What: Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) garage sale.

Where: The Magellan Scout Lounge at Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly The Cell).

When:  Opens to the public on Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parking: Fans can park for free in Lot D/E and enter through Day-Of-Game Employee Entrance in between Gates 2 and 3.

4. Art AIDS America

Joey Terrill, Still Life with Forget-Me-Nots and One Week’s Dose of Truvada, 2012. Mixed media on canvas, 36 × 48 inches. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Foundation purchase.

Joey Terrill, Still Life with Forget-Me-Nots and One Week’s Dose of Truvada, 2012. Mixed media on canvas, 36 × 48 inches. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Foundation purchase.

Today is National AIDS Day. In conjunction with the day, Art AIDS America Chicago is kicking off a groundbreaking visual art exhibition, Art AIDS America that will serve as the catalyst for a citywide dialogue on the cultural impact of HIV/AIDS.

The exhibition will feature art and public programming at the newly constructed Alphawood Gallery (2401 N. Halsted Street) now through April 2, 2017.

Opening weekend events include: 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-9:30pm - World AIDS Day -Gallery Tour & Performance of Roz and Ray @ Alphawood Gallery & Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. For ticket information visit: artaidsamericachicago.org/events

Saturday, Dec. 3

10 am: How AIDS Changed American Art--An Illustrated Lecture with opening performance by Avery R. Young @ Alphawood Gallery.

12 pm: Disruption/Repression: How AIDS Changed America panel with performance by Joseph Ravens @ Alphawood Gallery.

5. One of a Kind Showoneofakindshowfashion

Whether you are shopping for gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kawanzza or just want to treat yourself, you can be pretty sure you'll find that something special from the somewhat overwhelming array of items available from over 600 artist/vendors at The One of a Kind Show.

Tickets, $12. Merchandise Mart, 7th floor, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. Thursday, December 1, 11am-8pm, Friday, 11am 8pm, Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm.

6. BrewLights...a beary fun adult night at the zoo

Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

The Lincoln Park Zoo's Brewlights, is an adult only gathering amidst the magnificent holiday Zoolights Festival. The evening features a tasting of a dozen 4-ounce pours of beer on-tap throughout the zoo grounds. Thursday, December 1, 5:30 to 9:30 pm.Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. Tickets. click here.

And there's a host of holiday theater offerings throughout the season.

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